Approved: 09.04.2009

Ben Lloyd

Artist, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 09.04.2009

I am a visual artist and an art educator. My work ranges from drawing, collage and painting to large sculptural projects. I live and work in West Wales.

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    I am a visual artist and an art educator. My work ranges from drawing, collage and painting to large sculptural projects. I live and work in West Wales.

    The most recent large projects have focussed on the movements of people through migration, tourism, colonisation and escapism.  The people of these movements do not feature in the artwork and aspects of their culture appear abandoned or displayed as if in a museum.  My installations are often characterised by his use of the repeat found object such as: mobile phones, castle stones, tourist artefacts and disposable lighters.

    Here follows a quote from a chat about my painting practice:

    “There is a tendency in my painting practice to draw imagery from popular culture and from the breadth and depth of painting.  This collaging together of imagery and of consciously breaking down narrative, led to an anxiety over the specific narrative of each of my paintings. Which in turn led me to abandon the search for specific narrative altogether. In short, I stopped worrying.

    In the last two years, I decided instead to focus on process in my painting practice; on how to let go, how to become very unaware of what was going on. In this more liberated process, what was successful was the way that images appeared and stayed with me.  The images became repeated, became like glyphs: tubes, cacti, penises, organic/industrial sections of pipe, there were other things like frames, tree trunks, puppies, but mostly tubes. 

    I kept painting in this way, deciding it was best to keep going and not to worry about a target, timeline or anything. Until it started dawning on me that my act of painting was subversive, in the sense that I wasn’t doing my bit for society. This felt right and fitted with my practice of collage and the breakdown of narrative.  But on further reflection, what really emerged and stayed with me was a feeling of how my painting practice was a deliverance from the petty tyrannies of our society.  Neo-liberalism has been the backdrop to my life and even though it seems universal and is insipidly forceful, I believe that my art practice should stand in opposition to it.  I am opting for freedom."

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training

    2014/16 - PGCE Post 16, Pembrokeshire College, Haverfordwest

    2012 - Canolradd - Welsh Intermediate, Swansea University, Haverfordwest

    2008 - MA Fine Art, Cardiff School Art, UWIC, Cardiff  

    1994 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Liverpool School of Art, JMLU, Liverpool

    Solo exhibitions

    2015 - The Road to New York, Oriel y Parc, St. Davids, Pembs

    2015 - The Road to New York, g39, Cardiff

    2013 - Empire Kiosk, British Museum

    2012 - Empire Kiosk, Chapter, Arcadecardiff & Oriel Q, Cardiff & Narberth

    2010 - Interdomestic planetary, Oriel Q, Queens hall gallery,, Narberth, Pembs

    2009 - The Tourist, Warpool Court Hotel, St. Davids, Pembs

    2007 - Brightness, luminance and confusion, My house, 22 St. James Street, Narberth, Pembs

    Group exhibitions

    2015 - BLAST Aberafan, Port Talbot

    2013 - Nepotism, Made in Roath, Cardiff

    2010 - All Systems Go!, Departure Gallery, Trident Trading estate, London

    2010 - Project Ten, Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff

    2008 - BOSSANOVA, tactileBOSCH, Cardiff

    2002 - Skipart, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool

    Residencies

    2015 - Artist in Residence, Oriel y Parc, St. Davids, Pembrokeshire

    2010 - Cerbyd, on the bus, Around Wales

    2007 - Flotsam and Jetsam, Farms For City Children, Treginnis, St. Davids